I am not an original thinker.
I borrow other people’s ideas, mix them with others’, change them to suit me, and improve on them… until I toss them out for a new idea.
That’s pretty much how my idea bank came to be.
What is an idea bank?
An idea bank is a repository for ideas.
- I deposit ideas into the idea bank whenever I get them.
- I withdraw ideas whenever I need them, such as when I need to write.
Those withdrawals are the substance of my blog posts. It’s a great way to ensure I always have a topic in the pipeline, and so I won’t forget about something worth sharing. Right now even if I don’t come up with any new topic ideas, I should have enough blogging content to post twice weekly for the next year.
It’s also a great way to gather the little notes I have scattered all around the place in a desperate attempt to NOT forget an idea.
It is in no way original though.
1. For example, when Sacha Chua suggested to,
Any idea I got led to questions. Answering those questions led to more questions, and more questions, and more. It got me thinking that I needed a place to put them all.
2. James Clear would write an entry every Monday and Thursday*, as a way of committing to a system.
I wanted to enforce a similar discipline on myself, but also ensure I always had something to write about.
3. The single greatest inspiration would be this screenshot of Sean Wes’ Wunderlist**:
My OC heart did a little jump.
I immediately knew I wanted something like it, even though at the time I didn’t know quite what for.
1 + 2 + 3 =
My idea bank. It’s where I:
– list and categorize ideas as I get them.
– flesh out big ideas into smaller ones.
– grab an idea when it’s time to post.
I use Wunderlist as I find its the most efficient tool, even though technically it’s meant for task management (I use a separate tool for that). I end up abusing the notes field as that’s where I do brain dumps or, as per the screenshot, my initial draft.
If you do end up making an idea bank, do let me know how it works out for you.
*He has since reduced this to once a week to produce higher quality content.
**I found out much later that he posted a video with a similar premise here.